Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America. (New York: Cambridge University Press, Studies in Legal History Series, forthcoming 2018.)

“All Bound Up Together”: The Woman Question in African-American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007). 


BIWCHEditor. Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, eds. Mia Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones and Barbara D. Savage. (University of North Carolina Press, 2015.)

Guest Editor. Proclaiming Emancipation. Journal of the Civil War Era. 3, no. 4 (December 2013.) 

Editor. Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Special Issue: Pass*ing. Co-editor, with John L. Jackson, Jr. 29, no. 1 (Fall 2005.) 

ARTICLES (selected)

“Forgetting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the United States: How History Troubled Memory in 2008.” Distant Ripples of the British Abolitionist Wave: Africa, Asia, and the Americas, eds. Myriam Cottias and Marie Jeanne Rossignol (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press Tubman Institute Series, 2017.)

“Birthright Citizenship and Reconstruction’s Unfinished Revolution,” Journal of the Civil War Era, in Forum: The Future of Reconstruction Studies, Journal of the Civil War Era 7, no. 1 (March 2017): 10.

First the Streets, Then the Archives,” American Journal of Legal History 56, no. 1 (March 2016): 92-96.

“Marin et citoyen : être noir et libre à bord des navires états-uniens avant la Guerre civile.” Le movement social, 3 (2015): 93-112.

“Histories, Fictions, and Black Womanhood Bodies: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Politics in the Twenty-First Century.” Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, eds. Mia Bay, Farah Griffin, Martha S. Jones and Barbara D. Savage (University of North Carolina Press, 2015.)

“History and Commemoration: The Emancipation Proclamation at 150.” Journal of the Civil War Era, 3, no. 4 (December 2013): 452-457.

allen_stag_dance_cropped“Emancipation’s Encounters: Seeing the Proclamation Through Soldiers’ Sketchbooks.” Journal of the Civil War Era, 3, no. 4 (December 2013): 533 548.

“Hughes v. Jackson: Race and Rights Beyond Dred Scott.” 91, no. 5 North Carolina Law Review (June 2013): 1757-1783.

“The Case of Jean Baptiste, un Créole de Saint-Domingue: Narrating Slavery, Freedom, and the Haitian Revolution in Baltimore City.” Chapter 5 in The American South and the Atlantic World eds. Brian Ward, Martin Bone, and William A. Link (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013): 104-128.

“Historians’ Forum: The Emancipation Proclamation.” (with Kate Masur, Louis Masur, James Oakes, and Manisha Sinha.) 59, no. 1 Civil War History (March 2013.)

“Time, Space, and Jurisdiction in Atlantic World Slavery: The Volunbrun Household in Gradual Emancipation New York.” Law and History Review 29, no 4 (November 2011): 1031-1060.

“Overthrowing the ‘Monopoly of the Pulpit’: Race and the Rights of Churchwomen in Nineteenth Century America.” No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism, ed. Nancy Hewitt (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010.)

contested-democracy-freedom-race-power-in-american-history-manisha-sinha-hardcover-cover-art“Leave of Court: African-American Legal Claims Making In the Era of Dred Scott v. Sandford.” Contested Democracy: Politics, Ideology and Race in American History, eds. Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.)

“Make us a Power”: African-American Methodists Debate the Rights of Women, 1870-1900.” Women and Religion in the African Diaspora, eds. R. Marie Griffith and Barbara D. Savage. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

“Perspectives on Teaching Women’s History: Views from the Classroom, the Library, and the Internet,” Journal of Women’s History 16, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 143-176.


“The Blood is in the Details: When Scars of Slavery are Markers of Freedom.” Muster: The Blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era. December 1, 2017.

“Before Frederick Douglass: William Watkins Speaks for Black Americans on Independence Day. July4, 1831.” Medium. July 4, 2017.

“Are There New Lives for Old Objects at the National Museum of African American History and Culture?” Muster: The Blog of the Journal of the Civil War Era. October 11, 2016.

“Thurgood Marshall and His Hometown Courthouse.” We’re History. July 11, 2016.

“We Are the Intellectuals.” Roundtable: Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women.” African-American Intellectual History Society Blog. June 5, 2015.

“On The Cherokee Rose, Historical Fiction, and Silences in the Archives.” Process: The Blog of the Organization of American Historians. May 26, 2015.

“History, Myth and the Emancipation Proclamation.” Proclaiming Emancipation: The Exhibition Catalogue (Ann Arbor, MI: The William L. Clements Library, 2013.)

“A Bellwether: Phil Lapsansky at the Library Company of Philadelphia.” Phil Lapsansky: Appreciations (Philadelphia, PA: Library Company of Philadelphia, 2012): 84-88.

“Edward Clay’s Life in Philadelphia.” An Americana Sampler: Essays on Selections from the William L. Clements Library, eds. Brian Leigh Dunnigan and J. Kevin Graffagnino (Ann Arbor, MI: The William L. Clements Library, 2011).

“Reflections of an Archive Rat.” (Ann Arbor, MI: The William L. Clements Library, 2009.)

“Reframing the Color Line.” Reframing the Color Line: The Exhibition Catalog (Ann Arbor, MI: The William L. Clements Library, 2009.)

“Learning a Pedagogy of Love: Thomas Merton.” Living Legacies at Columbia, ed, Wm. Theodore de Bary (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.)

“Mining Our Collective Memory: Beyond the Academic-Activist Divide in Black Studies,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. 6, no. 3/4 (October 2004): 71-76.


“Review of Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott by Lea VanderVelde,”  in Law and History Review 33, no. 4 (November 2015): 1009-1011.

“Review of Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic by Ashli White,” in Slavery & Abolition 33, no 1 (March 2012): 187-189.

“Review of What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial by Ariela J. Gross,” in Law & Society Review 44, no. 3-4 (September/December 2010): 877-79.

“Review of Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine by Scott E. Casper,” in The American Historical Review, 114, no. 5 (December 2009).

“Review of ‘We Are Coming’: The Persuasive Discourse of Nineteenth-Century Black Women by Shirley Wilson Logan,” in Gender & History. 16, no. 1 (April 2004).

“Review of Disciples of Liberty: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Age of Imperialism, 1884-1916 by Lawrence Little.” The North Star: A Journal of African-American Religious History, 7, no. 2 (Spring 2004).

“Review of Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean To 1830 by Sylvia Frey and Betty Wood,” in The North Star: A Journal of African-American Religious History, I, no. 2 (Spring 1998).